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ODJ: disappointment and hope

A 5 year old boy was told that his family was goingto the Grand Canyon. He could hardly wait.When the day finally arrived, the boy was visibly disappointed. He said, “I thought you said that it was a big cannon.” When you’re hoping for the Grand Cannon, you’ll be let down, even by something as spectacular as the Grand Canyon!

Something similar happened with the two dis

ODJ: outdated?

In 2012, Encyclopaedia Britannica declared that information has been changing so rapidly that their encyclopaedias were quickly outdated. So instead of focusing on physical books, they’ve made the decision to focus on digital editions. “A printed encyclopaedia is obsolete the minute that you print it,” said the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Whereas our online edition is

ODJ: cross 'n' dagger

Heavy metal music, motorcycles and muscle cars. All of these things were present at the annual Cross ’n’ Dagger church service held at the Life Bridge Church. The congregation created this special service for people who might not attend a ‘regular’ Sunday morning meeting. Senior Pastor Bill Campbell said, “[People] can come in their leathers, if they’re bikers . . . . However they’re

ODJ: he's not there

My dad passed away a year ago from pancreaticcancer. When we arrived at the graveside for a private family burial, the funeral director was waiting there with my dad’s cremated ashes. It was the first time we had seen the small urn that housed his remains. I suddenly became overwhelmed with grief. A caring family member looked me in the eye and quietly spoke these simple but reassuring words,

ODJ: doing good things

My neighbourhood in Uganda was relatively quietuntil a businessman disrupted our peace byopening an outdoor bar across the street from my home. Now loud music blares the entire night, with the bar owner refusing to consider the residents he’s disturbing. He tells us that he’s a good man, and since he gives money to the poor, people shouldn’t complain.

Those of us experiencing sl

ODJ: you're at war!

So he did nothing when Hitler acquired Austria and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. Chamberlain realised too late that Hitler’s word meant nothing, and as German tanks rolled into Poland, Great Britain had to declare war.

Sometimes I wonder whether I’m a spiritual Chamberlain, oblivious to the fact that I’m at war. Consider Jude 1:9, which says, “Michael was arguing

ODJ: speaking of Jesus

While waiting for a mechanic to change my car’s tyres, I struck up a conversation with a man in the waiting area. Troy was visiting my town for a few days and had discovered that his vehicle needed repairs. After some small talk, the Holy Spirit prompted me to go deeper and I was able to express my faith in Jesus to him. We exchanged contact information, and later I received an email from Troy t

ODJ: the need to know

Why? Our 10 year old son is especially adept at asking this question with great frequency. Because his questions have moved from innocent curiosity to occasional open challenge, my husband andI have chosen not to overlook the habit. Paying close attention I realised Micah was asking questions not to gain understanding, but in order to gain information so he could negotiate his way out of

ODJ: subversive hymn

We like to sing hymns in our church—the older the better. We often put new music to them, but sometimes we sing the songs as written. The power of the words, the beautiful melodies, the fact that Christians sang these truths long before us, make hymns an important part of our worship.

Colossians 1:15-23 is a poem and was probably an early hymn that Paul used in his letter. These lyri